: TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — The Twin Falls County Commissioners had a Tuesday morning ordinance, transferring aerial fireworks permits to the seven fire districts in the county.
“It’s a really important thing for the fire districts to take responsibility for it,” said Twin Falls County Commissioner Terry Kramer.” It was one of those items we never really understood from a county perspective why we were the ones doing the fireworks permits.”
Kramer told KMVT's Ricardo Coronado that they didn’t realize the responsibility and that the embers that fall from aerial fireworks could be safety hazard.
“It could possibly start a range fire or a fire in someone property and so the fire districts need to be aware of that,” Kramer said.” This is just a very good move to try to get the authority in the proper area.”
In the state of Idaho shooting aerial fireworks are illegal without a permit.
Before the transfer, fire districts weren’t notified to who the fireworks permits were given too.
“Being able to have a local authorization is a huge plus for us because we are now more aware of what store in our area we can pre-planned those facilities and make sure everything is safe.” said Rock Creek Fire District Chief Jason Keller.
Keller said he’s happy about the decision.
“They coordinated with our local jurisdiction before they made the decision and overall we think is the best thing for everybody,” Keller said.
In the county fireworks permits are issued on special occasions like Fourth of July or New Year’s Eve.